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Old Jun 27, 2013, 07:11 AM   #1
smr21
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Transfer from trv900 to late 2012 iMac

Hi all, fairly new to the forum and recent, first time iMac owner.
I am off work due to surgery and thought it would be a perfect time to transfer some old DV footage from a Sony trv900 into my new 2012 iMac and iMovie. I have hours of tape to look through to extract footage of an old friend who has passed away.
My dilemma is how to transfer between the trv900 and the iMac.
I have googled extensively but have not figured it out.
I am not sure if the camera, which Sony simply calls dvi, is firewire 400 or 800.
The specs on my iMac are as follows:
Processor 3.1 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 512 MB
Software OS X 10.8.4
4 - USB 3 ports, 2 Thunderbolt, 1 ethernet.
I see Apple has a firewire/Thunderbolt adapter but not sure if it is firewire 400 or 800.

Anyone ever find themselves in the same situation who might offer a solution?
Thanks for any help,
Jeff
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Old Jun 27, 2013, 07:54 AM   #2
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Check if your Sony has a DVD cable to go into your Mac. Go on the Sony Web-Page and get info on your camera to see if it is compatible.
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Old Jun 27, 2013, 02:32 PM   #3
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You can pick up the Thunderbolt to FW 800 adapter and then use a cable (about $10-$15) to get the, 4-pin or 6-pin (FW 400) to the FW 800. Check out the attached image, i suspect you have a 4 pin port on your camera.
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Old Jun 27, 2013, 03:30 PM   #4
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Thanks boch82.
Yes it is a 4 pin on camera.
The reason for my hesitation is I have read of some people not having any luck daisy chaining to many connectors together, and I'm trying to avoid ordering cables/connectors and then trying to return them if they do not work.
I am certainly willing to try it out, but would love to hear from someone who has done this same setup to get their video onto their Mac.
They also make a cable with 4-pin FW on one end and 9-pin FW on the other which could possible eliminate one link in the chain.
Appreciate your post and pics!
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Old Jul 3, 2013, 10:09 AM   #5
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Just in case it might help someone in the future, I purchased a 9 pin Firewire 800 to 4 pin firewire 400 (DVI) cable, and the Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter.
Hooked them up to my Sony TRV900, opened iMovie on my late 2012 iMac, and it works flawlessly!
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